I spent some time with Bill Harris yesterday. We talked for a good while about Data360 and Bill’s work. Bill has a consulting business whose focus is on systems dynamics and systems modeling, as well as group facilitations over the internet. Per Bill’s blog, http://facilitatedsystems.com/weblog/, “Bill Harris founded Facilitated Systems in 1999 to help people by helping the organizations in which they spend so much of their time. He uses a number of approaches to help them make sense of the puzzles and problems organizations face.” See below part of Bill’s write-up on Data360. For the full write-up, click here.
Reference behavior patterns and Data360
One of the aspects of defining a problem that plays out over time is to capture a “reference behavior pattern” (RBP). That’s simply a graph of key variables over time. Drawing the graph of the RBP may help you spot patterns instead of just seeing events. It may remind you to consider a longer time horizon than you had originally conceived, making it easier to detect any pattern that might be present. It “draws a line in the sand,” ensuring that your problem-solving activity is focused on a specific problem with specific data, thus keeping you from wandering off course. It’s a fundamental start to system dynamics modeling.